Origin of hitchhikehitch + hike
verbhitch·hiked, hitch·hik·ing, hitch·hikes
(third-person singular simple present hitchhikes, present participle hitchhiking, simple past and past participle hitchhiked)
- To try to get a ride in a passing vehicle while standing at the side of a road. Generally by either sticking out one's finger or thumb or holding a sign with one's stated destination.
- To be carried along with something else, for example Genetic Hitchhiking where a gene is propagated because it occurs in conjunction with a favourable mutation, or Cultural Hitchhiking where a cultural trait spreads with a technologically advanced population.